The Girls - Emma Cline

The Girls

By Emma Cline

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
4
From 1,063 Ratings

Description

THE INSTANT BESTSELLER • An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • NPR • The Guardian • Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Financial Times • Esquire • Newsweek • Vogue • Glamour • People • The Huffington Post • Elle • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out • BookPage • Publishers Weekly • Slate

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award • Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • Emma Cline—One of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Praise for The Girls

“Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate.”—Lena Dunham

“Spellbinding . . . a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story.”The New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary . . . Debut novels like this are rare, indeed.”The Washington Post

“Hypnotic.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Gorgeous.”—Los Angeles Times

“Savage.”—The Guardian

“Astonishing.”—The Boston Globe

“Superbly written.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Intensely consuming.”—Richard Ford

“A spectacular achievement.”—Lucy Atkins, The Times

“Thrilling.”—Jennifer Egan

“Compelling and startling.”—The Economist

“Elegant and nostalgic.”—Julie Beck, The Atlantic

“Masterful . . . In the cult dynamic, Cline has seen something universal—emotions, appetites, and regular human needs warped way out of proportion—and in her novel she’s converted a quintessentially ’60s story into something timeless.”—Christian Lorentzen, New York

Reviews

  • Impossible to put down

    4
    By JoeyWar[S.E.M.]
    Great writer! Reads like non fiction. The pictures painted with words: sad, beautiful, and sometimes horrifying Captivating read!
  • Falls flat.

    2
    By Nickipil
    I really wanted to like this book. I couldn't get into it like I usually do. It never became one of those books I couldn't put down, even near the climax. The author is descriptive and can set a scene, but fairly uninteresting scenes just go on and on, over and over. It doesn't take long to figure out that this story is fairly spot on for the story of Charles Manson and family. Knowing this, nothing is imaginative or surprising. Plot lines that could bring some excitement fall flat. Evie is boring and doesn't seem to have much of a real personality. I'm not convinced it added to the story to have her adult self represented at all. It would have been much more interesting from almost any other character's point of view.
  • Just read it❤❤

    5
    By Haleylanae
    Loved this book.
  • a look into human nature

    4
    By Toni FGMAMTC
    I can see how many won't like this book, but I found it interesting. It sort of rambles and bit and talks around what happened instead of about it as much. It's more inside the lead's head than showing these horrible facts that many may be looking to find in a story of a cult that commits murder. It's a think piece. She seems like so many other teens. Many are looking to find their place. They want to reject the things happening around them and find their people. They're so vulnerable and form attachments so easily. Even though she doesn't actually participate in the actual murders, she can't say that she wouldn't have, and she doesn't hate the ones that did. And now as an adult, she sees teens in just the same spot mentally that she was. It's just interesting to me how the average can turn into horrific.
  • Captivating

    5
    By 00grey00
    The imagery, descriptions, and analogies are so well done that I can feel how she feels and see what she sees. It was a captivating book from cover to cover.
  • Short and Anticlimactic

    3
    By Melissssssssa
    Enjoyed the style of writing however I felt l was waiting for something to happen the entire time.
  • Well,

    3
    By Adelezcoeur
    I absolutely loved the book until I got into its finally chapters. They were very bland to say the least. The ending was very boring and didn't leave me wanting more and that saddens me. Because that's what I love most in a good book!
  • Gross...

    1
    By Julieatwork
    I would have liked the book more if it had gone more into the backgrounds of these "girls." Also the depiction of the young child's murder was completely unnecessary, disturbing and distracting. Anyone who has raised a young child (most people) would find this in poor taste, especially as it doesn't serve any function in the story. I've read several accounts of the Manson murders far more compelling and interesting.
  • Didn't get the hype!

    3
    By Sid's Girlfriend
    I didn't care for the author's writing style! Wordy and very overwritten like she was trying too hard?with a thesaurus in hand. Had to go back and try to figure out what she was trying to say! Story has been done to death especially if you grew up in that time frame. But for that reason, the story line made me continue. Wasn't the worst read but didn't think it was worthy of all the five star reviews.
  • Dull

    1
    By Gypsyjinx
    Boring and predictable. The characters are not interesting and not developed very well. The plot is weak. Over all I just found it dull and lacking in the kind of details that make a story interesting. A quick and easy read, but hardly a gripping page turner.
  • The Girls

    2
    By SmittyRush
    What a disappointment! It's been raved about and does not deliver. Terrible plot and ending.
  • Rip-off

    1
    By kollerlaura73
    No need to buy (borrow from the library if you must read), wiki Linda Kasabian, as the main character is "lifted" from this real Manson family member who turned state's evidence to avoid prosecution. Ms Kasabian's story was recently aired on one of the cable networks, Lifetime, I believe. Ms Cline has changed a few details, but anyone who is familiar with the horrid murders by the Manson cult members will quickly see the similarities.
  • Just okay

    2
    By ericaexplodes
    The book was okay. I feel that the important things were not explained in detail and the less important parts were just brought up. I didn't really get into the book until it was almost done. I wouldn't recommend it to others.
  • Fantastic read

    5
    By Fitzmar
    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Very well written. I loved it.
  • Helter skelter fictionalized

    3
    By podster67
    Pretty predictable fictionalized drama based on the infamous and horrific Manson murders of Polanski's pregnant wife and house guests in California in 1969. Some nice writing and imagery, but nothing new or nuanced in the story. Quick, summer read for book club. Will make for a good book club discussion, I am sure.
  • Well done... Everyone knows this story

    3
    By Miche D
    How can a book that reads like the Manson history or even the recent tv show "Aquarius" be such a successful must read??? It is well written and absolutely fine... The hype around this adapted copied story is my confusion.
  • The Girls...poetic!!

    5
    By Sleepless in Scottsdale
    I knew nothing of the book, nor the author when I got it... I was pleased to read it was set in an area where I grew up! Beautifully written, each sentence was like poetry, love the vocabulary. The inner describing of the story's protagonist was spot on to a girls' teenage angst.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By DaisyAndFlossie
    Story was engaging and her descriptive language was like nothing I have ever read before. Lines have stuck with me long after hearing them. This woman is a talent and I can't wait to read more from her.
  • Wow

    5
    By duckandcover
    Ms. Cline freshens the concept of descriptive language, advances the technique of fashioning captivating narrative, and somehow depicts in accurate and nuanced detail the spirit and social physics of a time that only existed about twenty years before she was born. Regardless of her relative youth, this person is the fine, fine writer of a very absorbing book. Emma Cline. Next big thing? Maybe. New literary star? No doubt.